This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo about ways to get better sleep.
Did you know that scientists recommend we sleep at least 7 hours per night? For some that’s way too much, others too little, but the healthy people in the world usually say that it’s just about right. This is because sleep is a vital component in our health. Without getting enough sleep, our bodies fail to repair themselves at night and we’ll end up feeling groggy, we’ll drink coffee, we’ll forget things more easily and our health may suffer as a result.
That’s why it’s important to get quality sleep at night, and this guide is going to teach you some easy ways to get better sleep.
Turn off the Electronics
If you go to bed with your phone still on, then you need to try and break that habit. It’s important that you try and keep all of your electronics out of your bed so that it helps you fall asleep more easily. Many of us have our phones near our bed so we’ll end up responding to late night messages and engaging in late-night video watching. If you have a TV in your room, then it’s all too common to leave it on and watch some shows to try and fall asleep. Sadly, you’re not going to fall asleep by watching something or actively using your brain. You need to relax and unwind if you want to fall asleep, turn off all your electronics, keep them out of the room so you’re not tempted to use them during bedtime, and simply close your eyes.
With that said, some people do find it easier to fall asleep when they play some soothing music. Electronics in the bedroom aren’t necessarily bad, but they can be distracting. As long as you’re not tempted to use those electronics, they’re acceptable in the bedroom.
Replace Your Mattress
If you frequently toss and turn in bed and find it hard to get a good sleeping position, then you may want to check out a mattress review site such as www.mattress-guides.net. You’ll find that a good mattress adds fantastic to support your back, and it also helps you get better quality sleep at night. Comfort is important, so don’t forget about your covers and pillows either. If you’re unsure about what type of mattress to get and suffer from pains while sleeping, then make sure you seek advice from a doctor first.
Practice a Nighttime Routine
Get used to a bedtime routine and you’ll find that it’s much easier to fall asleep. This article from Huff Post has a bunch of useful tips that you can follow that will help you sleep more easily. It involves cutting caffeine long before bed and also turning off your electronics roughly an hour before you sleep. However, it also helps to take a nice warm bath and drink something soothing such as a glass of warm milk. Whatever your bedtime routine is, make sure you do it every night so that your body instinctively knows that it’s time to rest.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.